We are blessed to have Val Trumm, R.N., as our parish nurse. Val serves the congregation in a variety of ways by providing health assessments and screenings, visiting homebound and hospitalized members, coordinating plan following discharge from hospital or nursing home, assisting families at times of crisis, being available to talk with people, by phone or in parish health office, related to health concerns, and helping all of our members understand the relationship between body, mind and spirit. Val is actively involved in several support groups offered at First and in our community, and she is also a wonderful person to talk to if you have questions about existing community resources.
We offer monthly communion services at many of our area senior living facilities, and quarterly worship services at Knute Nelson, Bethany/Ecumen, and Grand Arbor. In addition, our pastors and parish nurse make regular hospital visits and home visits, as necessary. It is your responsibility to let us know if you are in the hospital. Because of HIPPA regulations, we are not contacted by the hospital when a member is hospitalized.
- Caregiver Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Caregivers of loved ones with any medical diagnosis are welcome. Care receivers may spend time at “The Gathering” at Clearwater Suites during the meeting time if desired. The group is facilitated by Mary Krueger (Douglas County Senior Coordinator) 320-763-6018 and Val Trumm (Parish Nurse) 320-762-2196.
- Parkinson’s Support Group – Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Governor’s Room at Nelson Gables. This is an informational support group for persons who have Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Meetings include guest speakers and helpful suggestions for lifestyle adjustments. The group is facilitated by Val Trumm (Parish Nurse) 320-762-2196 and Ashley Steen (R.N. at Knute Nelson Home Care) 320-759-1273.
- For Those Who Grieve – There are support groups and seminars available for those who grieve. Please contact Anderson Funeral Home for the latest calendar of dates and times.
- Alexandria Area Support Group for Grieving Parents of All Ages – Meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Clinic Medical Conference Room. Parents of all ages who are grieving the death of a child of any age are invited and encouraged to attend. The goal of this group is to provide education and support. The group is facilitated by Kathy Fischer (Parish Nurse at St. Mary’s Church) 320-763-5781 along with other members of the local grief advisory committee.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Loss – This new group began in April 2014 and meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Health Meeting Room, 526 Willow Dr. The group is facilitated by Mary Krueger (Douglas County Senior Coordinator) 320-762-3047.
For more information on other community support groups, contact the Douglas County Hospital Education Department at 320-762-6094.